Penguin Pace

Sat March 20 - Sat March 27 Wayne, NJ 07470 US Directions
Packanack Community Church
120 Lake Drive East
Wayne, NJ US 07470

Run the icicles off your feet for this pre-season run on the Saturday before the Big Football Game.
The faster you run, the faster you can get to the Indoor Hot Cocoa Party!

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry.



Race Contact Info

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Social Distancing Guidelines

Penguin Pace Social Distancing Requirements

General Event Guidelines

-Masks are required at all times including at the start line and once the finish line is crossed.

-Participants are required to keep at least 6 feet away from any other participant.

-All participants are requested to bring a food donation for the Wayne Interfaith Food Pantry. The list of needed items can be found here:

-All Staff will wear masks and those who are handling post finish masks and/or finish water will wear gloves.

-Hand sanitizer stations are set up near the start line entrance and the immediately past the finish line.

-There are no post event refreshments other than a bottle of water.  

-Please stay in your car until your Start Line Report Time.

-Participants are advised to stay home if they have an elevated temperature or flu like symptoms.

-Spectators are not permitted.

-There will be NO Bag Check. Any belongings must be left in one’s car or carried in one’s pocket during the race. 

-Once you have finished the race, you must depart the event by entering your car and leaving the parking lot.


Arrival/Parking Lot

-Arrival for participants is from 8:15-8:40 AM.

-All participants are required to remain in their vehicles until their Start Line reporting time.


Start Line

            Start Line Reporting Time

            Bibs 1-25 report at 8:50 AM

            Bibs 26-50 report at 8:51 AM

            Bibs 51-75 report at 8:52 AM

            Bibs 76-100 report at 8:53 AM

            Bibs 101-125 report at 8:54 AM

            Bibs 126-151 report at 8:55 AM

-Start Line - All participants will line up 6 feet apart. Chalk marks or cones will be placed on Lake Drive East (the start chute) indicating a participant’s start line location point.

-No warm ups are allowed.

-Waves of 25 participants start approximately one minute apart. Event reserves the right to shorten or lengthen the time between waves.

-Participants are required to keep at least 6 feet away from any other participant. 

-Trash cans will be placed approximately 30 yards past the start line for participants to throw away disposable masks. Additional staff wearing masks and latex gloves will monitor the mask disposal process.


-There will be no water supplied on the course.

-Disposable face masks are available immediately after the finish line to all participants. All participants are required to mask up after crossing the finish line. 

-After crossing the finish line and masking up, all participants are required to head to their vehicles and depart the parking lot. 

-No warm ups or cool downs are allowed.

-The event will provide water bottles at the finish area by staff wearing gloves and masks. If so desired, participants may bring their own water bottle.

-Be advised that the course is an open course with the likelihood of vehicles on the course. Most of the course is run whereby participants are running against the flow of vehicular traffic. Municipal police personnel, event staff and directional signage are placed throughout the course.

-Mile marks will be recognized, however, there are no mile clocks on the course.

-Event is chip timed; official start time begins when one crosses the start line and finish time is when one crosses the finish line.

-There is no on-site awards ceremony or hot cocoa party. All awards will be shipped to the winning participants within 1 month.

Packet Pick Up

-PRE-RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP IS REQUIRED. Bib and packet pick up will be held at 330 Ratzer Road, Suite A4 in Wayne, NJ. on Thursday 3/18 from 12PM - 6PM and Friday 3/19 from 12PM-6PM.

-All participants must pick up their packets prior to race day. 

-There will be NO race day registration or packet pick up.

-Penguin Pace provides each participant with a disposable face mask to be worn at the starting line. This mask may be discarded as you cross the start line. Trash cans will be placed in the street with an additional support staff to collect a participant’s mask if they choose not to wear one during the race.

-Penguin Pace also provides each participant with hand sanitizer in their packets.




Entry fees are non-refundable and participation in the race is non-transferable, including all elements of registration: such as bibs, materials, et cetera. The race director reserves the right to change the format of the race at any time without option for refund, this includes but is not limited to event cancellation, date change, or changing completely to a virtual platform. 

Please make a donation to our race beneficiary, Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry. 

Checks or supermarket gift cards, in denominations of $10 or $20, can be mailed to:
Wayne Interfaith Network
PO Box 3341
Wayne, NJ 07474-3341

Donations of non-perishable food on race day can include: canned goods (meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, soups, chili, beans), tomato sauce, peanut butter, jelly, breakfast cereal, pancake mix, syrup, mac & cheese, dried milk, juice, condiments (oil, ketchup, mustard), coffee, rice, etc. Plastic or aluminum containers are preferred over glass. Donations should be regular size, not super-size. Please check expiration dates. Donations can also be dropped off at the Wayne Public Library during regular hours or at the Wayne Y (in the back entrance by Jewish Family Services.)

For more information, please visit the WIN website at


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